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We Are the Romani People: Volume 28

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Written by a Romani (gypsy), this introduction to Roma life, health, food, culture, and society provides an insightful look at this despised but mysterious minority originating in India. Extensively illustrated, it looks at the people, their history since leaving India 1,000 years ago, and their rejection and exclusion from society in the countries where they settled. It o ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by University Of Hertfordshire Press
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This is an average introduction into the study of the Roma/Gypsies. It is written in elementary language with a lot of basic information. I had a feeling it was meant for young children to read. It got quite condescending in some parts, especially when it set out to teach people how to deal with Roma, and emphasized over and over that this is a culture that is different. It was also full of what Roma/Gypsies are not, when more information of the culture and such would have been better. Positive ...more
In wanted to learn more about the social aspects of this ethnicity, and this book was an "ok" introduction. Although short, it helped me understand more their perspective and I think our society has made many serious mistakes with their discrimination.

Today, in Romania at least, I feel like Romanies are not even given a chance. Too bad this book focused so much on language, cuisine and grammar, aspects that were not of particular interest to me. However, I did enjoy reading the chapters regardin
Roger Dawd
Within the field of Romani studies, this work makes a wonderful introduction; it will certainly wipe out the stereotypical images that most of us have of the Romani people ("tramps and thieves") and will open our eyes to their complex and painful history, their language and their culture. It really is a great place to start for anyone who wishes to no more about Romanies. I highly recommend it.
This is a book in it's own class and it's a shame that more people won't have read it. It tells you everything you could/would ever want to know about the Romani people (Gypsies). Of course I have a special palce in my heart for these people so I loved finding out more about them, especially from an educated Roma like Ian Hancock.
Excellent introduction to Romani history and identity, past and present.
Feb 17, 2008 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
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